Children and Teens Health

Ayurveda Health

The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning “science of life.” Ayu means “life” or “daily living,” and Veda is “knowing.” Ayurveda is the science of harmonizing the body to experience peace of mind and a state of pure consciousness. It aims at restoring balance. Its approach and methodology are primarily sattvic, focusing on creating a daily lifestyle that expands the experience of joy, harmony, peace, laughter, and love. Ayurveda shows us how to make conscious healing choices about our diet, exercise, sleep, emotions, and all the other aspect of our lives

Course Overview 

Ayurveda is a mind-body-spirit medicine that addresses the whole person rather than just physical or mental symptoms. It teaches us that in order to be truly healthy, we cannot just take care of the physical body—we need to address the health of the mind, body, spirit, and environment so that we can experience a state of wholeness.

Ayurveda returns us to wholeness. The goal of Ayurveda is to help us return to our natural state of health and to realize that our true self is pure consciousness, which is never born and never dies.

Ayurveda is preventative. Studies have shown that approximately 95% of chronic illnesses can be reversed and prevented by our daily lifestyle choices. Ayurveda offers tools and guidance to help us do this.

Ayurveda is personalized. Understanding our mind-body type, or dosha gives us valuable information for nurturing our body’s inner intelligence.

Ayurveda is participatory. Ayurveda teaches that daily habits are crucial in living a healthy lifestyle. It’s vital to make conscious choices, engage in the six pillars of health, and actively participate in living a healthy, balanced life.

Ayurveda is practical. Ayurveda’s central principle is that we should use whatever healing modalities will restore health and balance to the body, including lifestyle practices, behaviors, herbal remedies, dietary changes, pharmaceutical medications, surgery, Meditation, exercise, and psychotherapy. First and foremost, Ayurveda offers practical tools that can be integrated into one’s lifestyle.

Each session lasts approximately two hours. We will take a short break halfway through each class. It is optimal to attend one session once a week for five consecutive weeks or over five consecutive days.

The five core classes of Ayurveda Health:

Session 1: Teaching the Foundations of Ayurveda
Session 2: Teaching Ayurvedic Nutrition
Session 3: Teaching Emotional Freedom
Session 4: Teaching Inner Pharmacy
Session 5: Teaching Ayurvedic Daily Routines

Each session presents its own body of knowledge and systematically leads to the next

Children and Teens Session Details

In Session 1, we will set our intentions for the course, discuss the principles of Ayurveda, learn about the multidimensional nature of life, explore our mind-body constitutions (known as doshas), and learn how to interpret the Dosha quiz.

Topics Covered in Session 1​

  1. An introduction to Ayurveda
  2. The layers of life
  3. The five elements (mahabhutas)
  4. An introduction to doshas
  5. An exploration of each of the three main doshas and how they manifest when they are in balance and out of balance
  6. How to interpret the Dosha Quiz
  7. Using our attention to enliven our health

In the next class, we will discuss Ayurvedic nutrition, including the power of digestion, the six tastes, eating to balance each dosha type, phytonutrients, and eating with awareness. You will learn practices for cultivating vibrant health and well-being.

Topics Covered in Session 2

  1. Nurturing Your Agni
  2. Eating for Balance
  3. Eating with Awareness

In our third class together, we will focus on cultivating emotional well-being, which includes these topics: happiness, our core emotional needs, the nature of emotions and how they relate to the doshas, the seven biological responses, conscious communication, and practices and tools for emotional clearing.

Topics Covered in Session 3

  1. Introduce emotional well-being as a fundamental pillar of health
  2. Explain the body/mind connection
  3. Talk about how emotions work
  4. Describe how the body responds to fear
  5. Describe how the body responds to positive emotions

During the fourth session, we will explore how to tap into the healing power of the five senses: sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell. You will learn specific sensory practices to balance each of the doshas. You will also explore the sense of humor—using laughter as medicine.

Topics Covered in Session 4

  1. Healing through the five senses
  2. Balancing with sound
  3. Balancing with touch
  4. Balancing with sight
  5. Balancing with taste
  6. Balancing with smell
  7. Laughter

In our final session together, we will focus on Ayurvedic daily routines. The topics include the rhythms of nature, creating an optimal daily routine, doshas and the seasons, seasonal routines, detoxification, and restful sleep. You will also be guided in the practices of an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Topics Covered in Session 5

  1. Creating a healthy daily routine
  2. Mindful movement
  3. Restful sleep
  4. Living in harmony with the seasons